The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which stages the world's most high-profile awards ceremony, held a screening for voters on Saturday night at the Samuel Goldwyn theatre in Beverly Hills. The organisation's president, Tom Sherak, spoke in advance to acknowledge the recent shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film did not generate the kind of response from audience members that would suggest a successful awards season run next year.
"People were kind of disappointed," one academy member told the magazine. "It wasn't because of [Colorado]. I just don't think that this picture will get any nominations [beyond technical nods]."
"There was nothing remarkable about the acting," said another academy member. "I don't think it can be nominated as best picture."
The writer Bret Easton Ellis, who is also an academy member, later tweeted: "Not that it really matters, but there was zero love for The Dark Knight Rises at the packed academy screening in Los Angeles tonight."